Monday, June 3, 2013

Honor of Being Booted by Renowned Psychologist Matthew Johnson (Big Smile)



How many people have been booted by Matthew Johnson at Team Squatchin USA?  Don't know but seems I am the latest booting victim as of Sunday.  (Big Smile!!) :)   I'm not a new voice in this field but I haven't been very public under my actual name.  I've gone by PragmaticTheorist over on BFF but I haven't posted there lately either just because of time availability.  I also don't think much of hoaxers or hoaxes and have helped expose a few.   I am an avid outdoorsman and hunter.  I know the woods and have had more then most people's share of bigfoot encounters.  My first encounter was 34 years ago in Yosemite National Park where I lived and worked for 3 years.  

Now let me first say, I don't mind publicity when it comes to projects I've worked on.  There have been hundreds of news stories in past decades for projects that had my name attached.  I've held a number of press conferences and have given numerous presentations.  On the other hand, and like I said above, I haven't been very public when it comes to bigfoot.  This has been mostly by choice but maybe that will soon change.  I've done only one formal presentation on tree breaks and one radio show within the field.   I can hold my ground in a debate, plus I am someone with years of experience in this mystery.   I have my own provocative but thought-out concepts.  I can make quality presentations.  I am organized when I need to be.    I also don't mind confronting those who I feel are pulling the wool over everyones eyes, intentional by them or not.  

Well, here's what I have to say about the good Doctor Johnson.  He appears intent on controlling the direction of discussion at his site.  He does not like to be challenged.  He does not like it when you don't agree with him.  Matthew says that bigfoot are connected to Cain because THEY TOLD HIM SO!  Due to this he feels they are our friends.  Well, that is clearly a Biblical claim and so myself, Ron Morehead and a few others were proposing that they may actually be related to the Nephilim instead.  The good doctor does not like this concept.  There you have it, one Biblical theory over another.  Crazy huh?    Well, then I proposed to Matthew that maybe the bigfoot he spoke with are actually deceiving HIM.  Well I suppose Matthew REALLY didn't like that idea.  The doctor, being deceived?  OMG!!  

I should point out, I also have a relationship with Ron Morehead's daughter Rhonda.  We don't know where it will go but we are doing our best to make it work.   Rhonda had a story of something that happened to her by bigfoot that was very unpleasant.   I guess its something Matthew didn't want people to hear about because it would put doubt in peoples minds about what they are really like.  Matthew KNEW it was HER story too and after I posted it at her request on his 'Team Squatchin' site since she is not a member, it was quickly removed.  Someone else there had also recently posted that he was seeing his posts deleted, and since I had now seen a few of mine disappear, well I questioned Matthew why he deleted Rhonda's story.  I never received an answer and my question was removed and then so was I.  Has Matthew been in psychology so long that he cannot help but need to control what people think?   Has it become an art?

Let's consider that Matthew REALLY had a bigfoot tell him they were descendants of Cain.  Remember that is Matthew's claim!  Okay then, the whole premise behind this is that Cain SLEW his BROTHER Abel.    Cain was then marked and sent to wander the Wilderness.  Keep in mind, Cain also LIED to God about the murder, so is Matthew more immune then God is to being lied to?   Also according to Matthew, they told him "WE (Bigfoot) ARE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER".  Okay so I ask this of you Matthew Johnson: What if the BROTHER you think they are talking about, is actually themselves?  So why couldn't they be lying to you too Matthew, like they did God?  What makes you so immune to detecting lying?  I previously asked him if they could be talking about their OWN kind when they say "Brother's Keeper" but Matthew apparently didn't like that possible interpretation either and he never answered.  I'd say Matthew has some REAL Soul Searching to do if he believes what these Sasquatch are allegedly telling him!

So I'm thinking, we're supposed to believe an unknown species that basically wants us to trust them?   One that claims they are descendants of Cain (Killer of his brother and Cain also lied to God).  So to be cautious, just in case there is indeed a Biblical connection, I must consider that someone (Matthew Johnson) is the one being deceived here.   I won't get into further validation of either concept here, but lets just say for the sake of argument that these cunning and intelligent bigfoot who can get inside people's heads & become invisible at will, do actually have some evil underlying agenda (I emphasize lying).  Yeah I know how corny the whole thing sounds, but again bare with me and if their DNA does turn out to be half human and half unknown, well there may be more to all this besides conjecture.  So let's just say they are demonic or alien for arguments sake, and remember, Matthew has admitted he HAS talked with them using Mindspeak.  If his claim from HIS perspective is true, then what if Matthew is the one actually being deceived here?  What if these bigfoot KNOW that if they can convince someone with Matthew's caliber to be one of their 'Human Protectors', well they have an easy route to deceiving lots more humans who may just follow like sheep.    So yeah, I am going to challenge Matthew's claim even though he is being childishly cowardly in his response.  Not that he doesn't believe his experience which I am not doubting actually took place in some fashion, but because he may indeed be the one being deceived by this species he admits to having Mindspeak experiences with.  

I want to acknowledge something else here.  I have had one such similar experience with these beings some 30 years ago, soon after my first encounter.  I had moved to Oregon and there was a sighting reported in the local news by hunters.  Well several friends and I decided to go out and hunt one of these bigfoot, and once and for all prove their existence.  Keep in mind I was still fairly young (early 20's) and like other young people, I didn't have the best judgement either.  Well the night before we were to leave on this week-long expedition to the Eagle Cap Wilderness, I was awakened in the middle of the night by a horribly loud scream sort of in my room, which nobody else in the house heard.  I sat up in bed awake as I still heard the scream.  After less than a minute as things got quiet and I calmed down, I was then told:  "DON'T COME LOOKING FOR US!!" in no uncertain terms 'in my head'.    This type of mind experience with them has only happened once in my life even though I've had a few other very odd encounters.   I've been truly afraid a few times in my life and that was one of the worst.   Another time was 6 years ago having a bigfoot cut me off on the trail while I was deer hunting in the Cascades.  I ended up having to approach him (with my German Shepherd at my side) in order to pass as it was nearing dark.  Anyway, after that experience 30 yrs ago I never desired to harm one again and realized that 'there is something unusual, different, and maybe even special about the species.   That doesn't mean I trust them as a species because they've got abilities that aren't normal.   Ya, as many claim, their eyes can literally glow red and they can get in your head.  Many bigfooters have seen bright lights, ufo's, and orbs connected to them.  I've never seen this but I do know that brilliant light doesn't automatically mean being associated with God or goodness.   I have also seen how people can become so obsessed with this subject, and that's not necessarily a good thing.  

I have experience herein and Matthew should be more cautious about who to be rude to.  I believe he's got tunnel vision after what he probably considers a very spiritual event, he is corralling what are essentially becoming followers into Groupthink.  Yeah I say followers.  His ideas could eventually be dangerous to humanity as the acceptance of these beings grow, which is evidently his desire too.   Consider this, as bigfoot's existence reaches into everyone's reality, that may also signal changes we cannot yet comprehend.   Why do I say this?  Because these bigfoot do like it when we talk about them.  Ask any of the habituates who are deeply involved whether bigfoot like it when we talk about them.    And so, Evil does like the attention too as many discovered with the old Ouija Boards when young.    Yeah they are a people, but as the old saying goes, 'beware the olive branch' because one seems to have been presented to Matthew Johnson.  These beings do mess with people on a still not-understood level and there are plenty of veteran big footers out there who have long ago learned this.  What gives Matthew 'Carte Blanche' when it comes to knowing what is truth or lies from 'Cain's Descendants' when God himself was lied to by Cain?  He may have one or more degrees in HUMAN Psychology, but these creatures are different and he's got NO DEGREE with them.  

I have no vendetta against Matthew but I am calling him out on his rudeness, arrogance and just plain old poor common sense.  He's shut himself off from an important voice in this mystery.  He may find himself sinking in his error and he has only himself to blame.   Maybe he should reflect on his views some more, just like he did when he figured out how wrong he was with another well known female bigfooter.   

And readers, its a strange strange world out there and things may become stranger before they reach any sort of normal we desire.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Once A Classified Species

Sorry to everyone for the delays, I'm not yet in the groove with keeping up a blog, especially amidst so much going on lately.   There are so many issues I truly want to address, but I must admit it's been challenging to focus on just one subject at a time.   But finally, and while lengthy, here's one of the topics I had been working on.   Hopefully it will offer those wanting to prove these beings existence something more to think about.   Why?  Because like with no other species that man has uncovered, these beings do appear to be a 'people' of sorts, and thus we are saddled with a never-before level of responsibility when exposing them.    While I have other concerns as well, this is not the time to address those.  

The word is that we are headed down the final DNA path where proof of Sasquatch' existence will be shared with the world.    As a repeat witness, I personally don't require DNA proof to know they exist, but most of the world doesn't have that benefit.   That aside, I believe that proving their existence, may be a much more complicated matter then most scientists within the field may themselves presently realize.   I contend that there is great responsibility which itself entails comprehending there may be a great cost.   Possibly the greatest misconception for all, is believing that their protection, post verification, will bring guaranteed peace for the species.  While I didn't always realize it, this is where I have serious doubts.  Just about every person who calls themselves a researcher, evolves thru the thought process of wanting to 'prove their existence, so they can be protected'.   No doubt this is a noble goal, but it may also be quite naive.  Establishing their safety after being outed, isn't going to be so automatic!    What will the real cost be of forcing these beings out of legend and into reality?  Clearly such a change won't be by these beings choice either, and its obvious that they prefer to remain largely hidden from our world.   (For whatever their reasons.)   We may actually be opening up a Pandora's Box in more ways then we can possibly comprehend.  Why?  Partly because there are as yet unseen players who will do whatever they can to exploit the species in ways most aren't even comfortable in considering.   Laws won't deter criminal behavior when there is a profit that can be made, and that is what hasn't been completely thought through in this quest to prove their existence.

So what possible outcomes could there be after the much talked about DNA evidence is published?  Will the world of science even accept the results based on hairs, tissue, or other partial samples?  Many still doubt it.   And if not, then what?   What if science collectively demands what many have already assumed they'd say: 'We need a body!'?   Will the cat be out of the bag, but without enough evidence for protection, will a new accelerated race begin?    Those in the field who have researched the subject extensively may be more inclined to accept said evidence, but those who haven't ever been engaged in discussions or read the multitude of anecdotal accounts, may not be so quick to acquiesce acceptance of their existence.   Science and society may still demand a specimen, and this may set a new stage we have not experienced before.    Of course first will come a period of doubt of the claims and maybe even ridicule given events like the Georgia hoax.    While a peer-reviewed report will hold up to relative scrutiny, the powers that be in government may drag their feet.   When government agencies are asked by news media to acknowledge whether there is something out there, what will they say?   Will they respond honestly or will they take the same path of denial or 'no-policy'?   Even if they do acknowledge something is out there, there may still be an overwhelming demand from the scientific community saying 'we want to examine a body!'. What then?  Will we end up in a sort of never ending foot-dragging?

As a result, a sasquatch body may instantly become worth several million dollars, its already worth more then the $1 million offered in the past, but this will be a whole new race when we enter this next phase.   There likely won't be any restrictions on how death ultimately occurs for newcomers to the race.   A new 'specimen-value' will find its own place within society.  The race will begin and there is nobody in charge or any rules or ethics guidelines to follow.   Point is, Sasquatch may soon become a commodity despite everyone's good intentions today.

Up until now, Sasquatch has been mostly limited to legend within society.  The vast majority of the population has never seen one.  Some may never accept that such a species could even exist.   But with all the recent talk about DNA studies, bigfoot bodies, shootings, are we entering a new era?   Are we also ill prepared for the changes to come?  Everyone believes "They need to be protected!"    This desire for 'protection' has been the justification for why many bigfooters are out there trying to prove they exist.   Is this a good enough reason however?   Some justify killing one as a specimen in order to fulfill that goal.  From their perspective, the ultimate protection of the species remains a worthwhile goal.  But I must ask, how many Sasquatch have been maimed in this unfulfilled goal over the years?  Do we ever hear details of the undocumented attempts of their failures?   Apparently there was one more of these failed attempts just this Summer.   I am aware of a few other well organized attempts of the past, but I suspect many more failed efforts are kept secret.   Still, the race continues to harvest one.   That said, more and more of these hunter/researcher groups are beginning to understand the methods required to possibly harvest a specimen.  Its not pretty either.   The problem is, the individuals willing to take the step in harvesting one haven't realized that these beings are definitely something more then just some giant ape.  They are a people.

Regardless, lets step forward a decade with a possible scenario.  Sasquatch has gained increased acceptance as a real species, even accepted by science.  For that matter, laws are on the books that have relegated them a protected status in the US and Canada.  They don't quite fit within your standard ESA Classification however.   They are found to be part human, but there are differences from us too. They are of magnificent size. They are wild and powerful. They even harness some unexplainable abilities and differences which their DNA fails to explain.

No doubt most people have good intentions but rarely are we able to think through the long term ramifications of our actions.  Its just not easy seeing into the future, but we can learn from past mistakes in real life situations.    A few years ago I even drafted up a 36 page Draft Petition to list Sasquatch as a Protected Species, because I was having such successes in the field and felt it was the right thing to do.   That petition language is buried away now because I realized there is much more to these beings then most will ever comprehend.  By their behavior, they also appear to not want to be proven.     So here's what needs to be pondered.   Will new laws protecting the species in the US and even Canada, prevent illegal activities such as poaching, or even attempts a poaching?  I don't believe so.   In other countries it requires full time armed patrols to protect gorillas in the wild.  We have illegal poaching of record elk here in the US just for a set of antlers.  Why should new laws be effective with Sasquatch?

There are a few scenarios that I have previously raised in forum threads. The first stems from my concern that once they are proven to exist, that a new Black Market will be created.  This is what most Protection Advocates haven't quite thought through.  It may be the inevitable natural progression of events in a society where such practices are already well organized and widespread.    First you have your egotistical mighty big game hunter that must have every species in existence mounted on his wall.   I'm a hunter too, but I would never condone killing one of these beings fur such a arrogant cause.   There are elements out there who kill for other reasons too.     Then you have the standard bush meat and parts market.  Some of this is driven by demand in third world countries that already have a view of the power transferred from consuming meat or using ground up powder of different species.   Even some modern Asian cultures still pursue parts for such purposes.  Imagine the virility some will see as coming from the great Sasquatch.

Within certain undeveloped cultures, there remains those who believe that one can gain an animal's characteristics by ingesting its parts. So under such ideology, imagine the strength and vitality one could gain from ingesting Sasquatch parts.  For anyone who does not think this is a problem worldwide with other animals, just check out these two links.  Thinking those elements will not 'try' to do the same with Sasquatch would be naive.   Of course being successful is another matter, but even that won't diminish this new level of harassment on the species.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=91869&page=1

Never Overpay for Bear Bile Again! : Zooillogix

So, for those who are driven by the desire to prove their existence, understand that you are taking on a responsibility for the species' well being that is far greater then what you may have previously considered. Will proving their existence, actually doom the only major advantage they actually had? Anonymity.  Those who don't want to see them harmed will essentially be powerless when organized criminal elements start seeing new financial opportunity.


There appears to be a lion share of researcher who believe that we have to prove them so they will be protected. Well, nothing may be farther from the truth once Sasquatch joins the library of existing genus.  Once they are considered REAL, a new pursuit of them will begin with a goal as seen in the images below.  And while this blog post may not be pretty, every researcher needs to consider the possible outcome. 






There are hundreds of sources for photos of this despicable trade. Don't be fooled in thinking that once Sasquatch are protected in US and Canada, that it will offer any real form of protection overall. The reality is, it will only create desire for a new extremely rare & exotic species, and hence creating a new market that few have contemplated possible .


Once they are proven to exist, what laws can possibly stop this kind of activity?  The following is part of just one of many busts that occur every year, but is only a small dent in the scheme of things. Will we be adding yet another species to the list to become part of the slaughter?

In the following photo there are 480 bear paws confiscated in an illegal smuggling bust in Russia.  This kind of impact can sterilize forests of wildlife.   




















Here is the larger news story which is just a small portion of the documented trade in illegal parts. Just imagine what the optional image of bigfoot could look like. So what will a bigfoot head or foot be worth?

Folks, I am raising these tough issues because I truly fear they have not been considered by those who are steaming ahead at full speed in their zeal.  I realize there has been decades of efforts by researchers to prove their existence, but understand, there is a reason why most Native American and First Nations people haven't shared proof before now. Frankly, there are also things in our universe that science remains ignorant of.  If there is one species on earth that resides partly unexplainable, Sasquatch is it, and DNA isn't going to reveal those less tangible elements. These are things we MUST think about! Don't think that some ESA Protection is going to prevent an attempted slaughter of individual sasquatch when opportunity arises either. Right now there is no market, but that is only because officially these beings do not exist and most people don't believe they do. Once they are proven to exist however, everything will change. So far, smugglers have had no reason to chase a species, that as far as they know, does not exist. Prove their existence and they will have every reason in the world to begin their pursuit in ernest. What will a Gallbladder or the foot or hand of a Sasquatch be worth? What will ground up powered bone be worth in the third world black markets? Have the laws to protect Tigers, Elephants, and other rare species, stopped those who don't care about obeying laws?  No.



Here's another stark reality, classifying Sasquatch as a new species alone, does not guarantee its protection.  They are different steps and processes.  What if the government subsequently comes forward and says that we have been aware of these entities for a while and the reports seem to be coming from a far greater number of people then would seem possible for a rare low-numbered species.  Therefore what if the government doesn't feel their numbers warrant protection?  What then?   Under normal scenario, the agencies involved often study the species for years in order to evaluate their numbers.   Other times there is immediate emergency protection.   In this case the field is hoping that they will proceed immediately towards protection.  What if they don't?    


Furthermore, if they fit within the Homo genus at least partly, then protection may not be coming from the traditional Endangered Species Act (ESA) route either.    After all, if they are human or part human, there are already laws on the books.  Why should they receive added protection?    Could the government say "well if they are human, there is nothing more for us to do."?   Of course we know they are different from us, but how is this demonstrated?   If we can't view them at will, how will their differences be delineated in order to show why they require special treatment within their realm of existence?    Point is, will the discussion of their protection evolve into a stalemate just as other seemingly progressive but confusing efforts do in government?   


Most Native people just assume to leave them alone.  Even more have long felt the need to keep the truth about them from newcomers on this continent.  They feel this way because they are being protective, they know from experience how Europeans have screwed up their own way of life and the land.   Why subject a rare people to the same treatment?

After all is said and done, I hope to not hear from those who are in the middle of the crucial research say: "My God, what have we done?" Its not so easy to think through these ramifications beforehand unless they have been laid out before them.   While many didn't think about it before this column, maybe now it won't be so easily ignored. Everyone involved has a responsibility here.   Are they doing what is right when you consider the potential costs such as outlined above?  I hope everyone with a hand in research looks closely at the photos I've posted above and mulls over just where we could end up in the future.   While proving their existence may be the ultimate outcome, people need to consider that their actions may have yet another unexpected bad outcome as well.  Just something to think about...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A New Voice In The Forest

It was only a matter of time before I would author my own blog I suppose.  Why not, I already do a good amount of writing on the subject within forums and on other's blogs, so having my own platform should allow me to focus more attention on particular issues.   As the chosen title infers, its premise is to consider the perspective of the species, as best as humanly possible anyhow.   Hopefully this blog will endure & adapt over time too.    While I could never expect to be the literal voice of the species, as that would require a whole lot more contact then I've ever had with these beings, having seen and encountered them several times does give a person an insight that just isn't available to those without them.   Obviously once you've seen them, you are well past the first hurdle most struggle with, that is you no longer wonder whether they even exist.    And with each encounter you have, you learn a little bit more each time.   You become less afraid and more familiar.  You learn to present yourself to them without agenda.  You eventually realize the relevance of not needing to secure proof if you wish to have an encounter.  You let your heart be your guide.   You do your best to not be afraid.   (Sometimes that doesn't totally work.  lol)    But when your next encounter happens, you learn to cherish it and it simply becomes another step in your own life experiences.

What prompted me to begin writing my own blog was the realization of a few issues.  One is that we need to recognize there are varied degrees of exploitation and harassment of the species already taking place that most don't realize.    Secondly, if and when the time comes that Sasquatch as a species is proven to the world, such realization will require empathetic and knowledgeable voices within the field.   Those who have had repeat encounters and who hold a grounded understanding of issues relative to our shared environment should have a voice.   I am just one of them.   People will need to act as their advocates of sorts, but we also need to watch for the traps that our peers may not see.    Not that we even know what Sasquatch are yet, as that answer may in fact surprise us all.    But my own encounters with them has at least given me some insight many don't have.  I am not alone either.    But I also know to be open to every possibility.  So while we all share in this exploration of the unknown, I realize that not everyone is moving at the same speed.  Once you've looked into their eyes, plenty is revealed to those who have experienced it.

Before I go into too much more, here's a little about me.  I saw my first Sasquatch back in 1977 when I lived and worked for 3 years at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Mountains of California.    It was late at night when a good friend Steve (an excellent guitarist & singer with an energy filled raspy voice)  and I were driving home from Los Angeles after our weekend off work.   It was a good 6 hour drive, so he was dozed off in the passenger seat while I was at the wheel of my small Chevy Luv pickup.  I also had very bright Daylighter off-road lights on my truck's roof that really lit things up ahead with their narrow long beam.   We had entered the southeast entrance of the park sometime after midnight.  As we are driving the winding turns through steep terrain, we come around a corner and there he is, he had just stepped off the hill from the right and was immediately in front of my truck about 30' feet ahead.  I came to a very quick partly skidding stop.  I definitely did not want to hit him, especially being he was so massive that he could have easily picked up the front of my truck and thrown us over the cliff.   While I'm trying to comprehend, he is looking directly into my eyes as I look back up at his.    I will never forget that.  It was obvious that he could clearly see me through the windshield too, which somehow must have been made possible with the aid of light being emitted from my dash instruments and maybe his own reflection back onto me.  Ironically I don't even recall him squinting, which seems contrary to their noted dislike of bright lights.   His head was above the actual beams of the light however so maybe that made it easier.   Our eyes were locked on one another once he looked at me.   I was speechless and amazed as I took in every detail I could too.  The sheer mass of his biceps and thighs.  The hairline on his face as there was no hair just under the eyes.  His heavy fingernails.  His bare palms.   His bare skinned nose (not black! smile) and ears.  His overall size.   His extremely toned muscle outlines that I could make out through his hair.  His obvious neck.   I also remember thinking this, his biceps were bigger then my thighs and his thighs were bigger then my waist.  He was a good 8' tall too, very massive stature, and solid muscle.    No question he could have easily picked up my little truck with us in it and thrown us over the cliff had he chose.   So I definitely did not want to make him mad.    Also keep in mind, by the time I came to a stop, the front of my small pickup was well within 20' feet of him.

So all this is happening in pretty much slow motion for me as he is taking his next step and looks ahead & away from me.  It is then that I raise up and forward in my seat to look at his lower body, his legs & calves, even the bottom of his feet and their bare skin.  His hair went down just past his ankles and covered the tops of his feet.  I think it is about then that I hit my friend Steve in the shoulder and yelled "Steve, wake up, LOOK its a Sasquatch!"   As the Sas reaches the edge of the road, he looks back at me once more as he begins to reach down with his left arm while lowering himself to the road's edge.   By the time I was able to guide Steve to know which direction to look, he got to see him just as it was bending over and disappear over the side.  

Well we sat there for a minute or so, I don't remember how long exactly.  I remember that I dared him to go look over the side and see if it was still there.  lol    I also remember that as soon as we started driving again, I said to Steve: "We can't tell anybody at work about this, they'll think we're crazy!".      Of course he didn't get to see all that I did either.   And while we did keep the incident relatively quiet for the most part, this encounter would mark the beginning for me of three and a half decades of sightings and other encounters with these mysterious creatures.    Some may ask why I didn't wake Steve up immediately, but this was my first encounter and I was still young and unprepared.   Simply put, I was a shock.   When you are confronted with something so breathtaking like this for the first time in your life at that close of a distance, well you really don't know how you will react.

Well that was my first encounter with this enigma within our comfy little world we all take for granted.   That also wouldn't be my last encounter.   Some of the encounters I've since had, have allowed me to develop what I hope is a unique perspective on issues pertaining to these beings.    I know that there are others who have been equally touched with varied experiences.    It does present one a sense of purpose in the grand scheme of things pertaining to the mystery.   While there are people who have had more numerous encounters then I, I do wonder 'why' some have repeat encounters and some don't?   Do certain people share a link of sorts in a grander purpose?   Why is it that certain people do seem to attract them?   Clearly this is one mystery that we don't control.    Yes, more questions then answers for everyone.

I also want to say that my 3 years in Yosemite National Park were the most wonderful years of my life.    When you live there you knew where to escape the people, even in the main valley.   Then when I would be working, meeting people from all walks of life and from all over the world was a daily adventure in itself.   To also exchange a daily hello with Ansel Adams, and to see him as just some fellow park resident, well you might imagine my naivete' in those years.   But back to bigfoot.  About a month later that Summer, I had heard that there was a local Native American who worked at the Tioga Pass Guard Station entrance, and that he had also seen a bigfoot.  So I drove up there on one of my days off with a few friends.    I just had to talk to him, to share my story, and to find someone who might provide me some understanding.   He was working then so he couldn't talk long.  But apparently he and another man were flying north of the park in a small plane and saw what he described as a 10' or 12' tall bigfoot from the air.   Hard to recall now nor could I imagine something so big.     I told him about my encounter too, but I'm not sure he believed me actually.    I wonder if he thought I was too wet around the ears to have such an experience, or maybe he felt I was just pulling his leg?    I really didn't find any answers that day either way.   Decades later I came across two accounts of bigfoot seen from the air in the same area around the same time period.  I'm not quite sure which is his but I'm fairly certain one of them would be.

Anyway I've had many more encounters with these beings since my first, having visually seen 3 more and a few dozen or so non-visual encounters.   I am an avid outdoors-man and I know my way around the woods.  Yes I'm a hunter too, but I'm a naturalist at heart.    I've also had my rifle on me during the last three visual encounters and I've never had a desire to shoot one.   Part of that relates to something that once happened, that one day I may talk more about...    I also believe my experiences have enabled me to recognize what is natural phenomenon as opposed to what is often mistaken as sign of Sasquatch by many researchers.   It took some lessons to reach this point, but there is little doubt that people are reading way too much into certain natural phenomenon.   I am presently examining another mystery often suspected as being from bigfoot that has left many researchers baffled, including myself.   More on that in the future.   My point is that it is important to challenge the unusual stuff found out in the field.   If you didn't see Sasquatch do it yourself, don't jump to the conclusion that they were responsible!    Mother Nature has an uncanny ability to create many different unusual physical anomalies all by her self.    That doesn't mean these sasquatch aren't responsible for some of it, but if you are going to be out there chasing something that is already viewed as non-existent to the rest of the world, it works against you to see every tree break or stick laying on the forest floor, as being some kind of Sasquatch sign.   Its important to be pragmatic and challenge yourself when examining this stuff.  Remember, young people construct all sorts of odd things for fun when they are in the woods, and just like you, they follow similar patterns and pathways to get from Point A to Point B.

I have also never filed a report with any of the so-called Bigfoot Organizations about my own encounters.  The way I figure it is, 'why would I have someone I don't know, someone who probably knows less about Sasquatch then I, qualify the validity of my own claims?'   Frankly, I've had more direct encounters with Sasquatch then most of the researchers out there.   And when I see all the agendas in this field, along with an actual lack of insight into the creature itself, well I figure I'm better off qualifying my own past encounters, learning from it, and sharing with those who have had similar experiences.   None of the noted researchers were in my shoes or present at the time.   All they can do is qualify what I tell them.   The irony is, few will ever know for themselves what its like to see one.    The organization methods aren't what understanding the species is about either.   Unfortunately (or is it fortunately) most in the field only knows how to repeat the techniques of others anyhow.    They are driven by an insatiable desire to see one and get proof of the species!   A habituation is ruined or delayed as soon as the trail cameras go up.  This is simply not the way to have an encounter either, but most will never understand this, so I guess let them continue chasing these ghosts.

Having had the encounters I have dating back 34 years, I have never allowed this mystery to consume me either.  You can't.  (Although right now I'm beginning to feel a bit attached to this new blog commitment. )   I've actually avoided becoming too involved in searching too.   It was only 4 years ago that I decided to try and understand why I keep having encounters.   While there were many times when I have gone out deer hunting and just hoped that I didn't have an encounter that day, months would go by without giving it much though.  In fact as people who know me realize, I generally don't even go out attempting to have encounters.   I just take them in stride actually.    I've also learned from my experiences that they are more then just some giant ape too.   This is something that most non-witnesses don't yet understand.   Most are still at the point of questioning whether these beings even exist, yet alone being able to comprehend another classification of human alongside us.   So many of those who have never seen one or had any form of intimate encounter, yet proclaim to be experts, really don't help much.   lol

With that said, I hope my introductory page will leave you wanting me to write more.    This first one is kind of all over the place but future posts will be more targeted.   Those who have read any of my in-depth posts on various sites know I will offer some compelling thoughts to certain issues.  I'm not yet sure how often I will post on this blog, so bare with me on that as I figure out a pace.  I've got a good selection of topics that I've already drafted so I should have enough material for a while.

I'm still working out a few bugs of course and I may make the occasional edit so bare with me.   Please comments because I want to hear what you have to say.   So thank you for reading my new blog.  I will do my best to share what I can when I can, and to hopefully provide new and interesting points of view.

David